Collection of Monthly Blood Supply Monitoring Data
The National Blood Data Resource Center
began collecting blood supply monitoring data on a monthly basis in
January 2000 under an agreement with the
Department of Health and
Human Services. A nationally representative sample of
26 blood collection centers was selected by stratified, random sampling.
These blood centers report monthly blood component distribution
and inventory data, as well as additional relevant information, to NBDRC by the tenth day of the following month.
The rapid reporting and analysis of such data
should enable relatively early detection of potential blood shortages, and allow for a better understanding of seasonal and regional shortages.